World Cup VII

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World Cup VII
Tournament details
Host China
Season(s) Seasons 26-27
10 June 2005 - 1 Jan. 2006
Teams 96
Final positions
Champions Flag Sweden.PNG
Sverige
Runner-up  España
Semi-finalists  Polska
 Latvija 
Tournament statistics
Matches played 567 
Goals scored Dawid Nowak
9 goals
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The Seventh World Cup tournament took place from 10 June 2005 to 1 January 2006.

96 national teams played a total of 480 matches in the 16 groups of qualification in order to define the 32 participants to the final stage held in China. The host nation was one of them, but was eliminated in the second round.

In the final, Sverige defeated España 3–1 to win the tournament and secure the country's sixth world title. Even if Polska was elominated one step before final, his player Dawid Nowak manage to became top scorer with 9 goals.

The tournament is remebered also for the Sverige - Latvija semi-final controversy. The match between Swedish and Latvian national teams raised rather intense conference discussions about it. The Swedish national team, trailing late in the game 1 - 2, got the lucky equaliser goal in the 90th minute and later went on to win in extra time. Almost immediately after the end of regular match time, many conference users started reporting that this match had been reported to them somewhat strangely - the other semifinal had already ended, while the Swedish - Latvian one still went on, and after about half a minute, a Swedish equalizer was announced, sending the match into extra time. This led to "conspiracy theories" about HT-Team manually altering the match and its outcome to prevent Sweden from being eliminated from tournament. However, the accusations of any unfair actions taken to affect the usual match simulation were immediately denied by HT officials, and, to clarify what exactly happened at the match, an announcement was made.

Group Stage

Round I (Qualification)

This round started on 10/06/2005 at 20:00.

Group #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6
Group 1 Sweden Latvia Czech Republic Uruguay Bolivia Faroe Islands
Group 2 Indonesia Estonia Scotland Colombia Cyprus North Macedonia
Group 3 Poland Netherlands South Korea Vietnam Taiwan Jamaica
Group 4 Denmark Mexico Philippines Peru Dominican Republic Panama
Group 5 USA Thailand Israel Hong Kong Luxembourg United Arab Emirates
Group 6 Canada Singapore Russia Pakistan Northern Ireland Paraguay
Group 7 Oceania Greece Iceland Morocco Kenya Honduras
Group 8 Spain France South Africa Lithuania Belarus Kyrgyzstan
Group 9 Belgium China Croatia Romania Saudi Arabia Malta
Group 10 Hungary Chile Srbija i Crna Gora Ukraine Ecuador Moldova
Group 11 England Germany Bulgaria Costa Rica Tunisia Albania
Group 12 Norway Republic of Ireland Portugal Bosnia & Herzegovina Iran Jordan
Group 13 Austria Slovenia Venezuela Slovakia Georgia Trinidad & Tobago
Group 14 Italy Malaysia Wales Brazil Guatemala Suriname
Group 15 Finland Switzerland Egypt Japan Andorra Nicaragua
Group 16 Argentina Turkey India Nigeria El Salvador Kazakhstan


Round II

This round started on 04/11/2005 at 20:00 and was played in China.

Group 1
Team Pts GD
 Singapore 7 +2
 Österreich 4 ±0
 Indonesia 3 -1
 China 2 -1
Group 2
Team Pts GD
 España 9 +10
 México 6 +3
 Italia 3 -2
 Prathet Thai 0 -11
Group 3
Team Pts GD
 Türkiye 7 +7
 Suomi 7 +5
 Magyarország 3 -1
 Chile 0 -11
Group 4
Team Pts GD
 Sverige 9 +3
 Norge 3 +1
 Eesti 3 -1
 Ireland 3 -3
Group 5
Team Pts GD
 Polska 9 +5
 Oceania 4 +2
 Schweiz 2 -1
 Deutschland 1 -6
Group 6
Team Pts GD
 USA 6 +1
 Argentina 4 +1
 Slovenija 4 -1
 Malaysia 3 -1
Group 7
Team Pts GD
 Belgium 6 +4
 France 6 +4
 Canada 6 ±0
 Hellas 0 -8
Group 8
Team Pts GD
 England 9 +5
 Latvija 4 +1
 Nederland 4 -1
 Danmark 0 -5


Round III

This round starts on 09/12/2005 at 20:00 and was played in China.

Group 1
Team Pts GD
 España 9 +5
 USA 3 ±0
 Norge 3 -2
 Suomi 3 -3
Group 2
Team Pts GD
 England 7 +5
 Belgium 6 +2
 France 3 -5
 Österreich 1 -2
Group 3
Team Pts GD
 Polska 9 +6
 Latvija 6 +2
 México 3 -1
 Singapore 0 -7
Group 4
Team Pts GD
 Sverige 7 +3
 Türkiye 4 ±0
 Argentina 4 ±0
 Oceania 1 -3


Round IV

This round started on 19/12/2005 at 20:00 and was played in China.

Group 1
Team Pts GD
 Sverige 6 +3
 Polska 6 +2
 Belgium 6 ±0
 USA 0 -5
Group 2
Team Pts GD
 España 6 +3
 Latvija 6 ±0
 England 4 ±0
 Türkiye 1 -3


Knockout Stage

Semi-Finals

This round started on 30/12/2005 at 20:00 and was played in China.

ID Match Result
(59054029)  Sverige 3 - 2 aet  Latvija
(59054030)  Polska 4 - 5 aet  España


Final

This round started on 01/01/2006 at 20:00 and was played in China.

ID Match Result
(59461686)  Sverige 3 - 1  España


Tactics and Ratings

Sverige: 3-4-3
AIM (outstanding)
Midfield: utopian (low)
Right Defence: mythical (very low)
Central Defence: divine (low)
Left Defence: brilliant (low)
Right Attack: solid (very high)
Central Attack: divine (very high)
Left Attack: excellent (very high)

Indirect Set Pieces:
Attack: N/A
Defence: N/A
España: 3-5-2
Play creatively
Midfield: divine (very high)
Right Defence: extra-terrestrial (very high)
Central Defence: outstanding (very high)
Left Defence: excellent (low)
Right Attack: passable (low)
Central Attack: supernatural (low)
Left Attack: passable (low)

Indirect Set Pieces:
Attack: N/A
Defence: N/A


HT Announcements

Hattrick announces
World Cup match bug 25/11/2005
Thanks to observant users, we have found a bug regarding the hosting nations in the World Cup. When a hosting nation was drawn as a "away team", the hosting nation got the home-advantage. However, the bug also gave home-advantage to the formal home-team, meaning that both teams got the boost from having a fanatic home crowd. We have now spoken to the future home crowds and made sure that they will only cheer for the hosting nation.

This bug has unfortunately affected both the regular World cup and the U20 World Cup since the dawn of time.

Hattrick announces
Hattrick World Cup VII 07/12/2005
Friday 20:00 the third stage of Hattrick World Cup VII kicks off in China. Only 16 of our strongest sides remain in the competition for the Gold.

Speculations are intense in the conferences and among favourites mentioned are for instance Spain, Sweden and Poland. The days when Sweden dominated the game are however long gone and many teams want a piece of the action.

Hattrick announces
World Cup semifinals 28/12/2005
The Hattrick World Cup has now reached the semifinals. In the first match Sweden takes on the sensation of the tournament - Latvia, who thanks to some really shrewd coaching has managed to overthrow several teams which were considered big favourites.

In the other match the giants España and Polska will face eachother in an extremely hard battle.

Make sure to follow the battle for the final from 20:00 HT time on the 30th!

Hattrick announces
When exactly does a match end? 31/12/2005
The recent World Cup semi-final between Sweden and Latvia has given rise to questions about when exactly a match ends. The answer is that it ends within one minute after 90 minutes have been played. The exact second depends on what happens on the field. Usually, if the last minute is uneventful, the referee stops the match around 5 seconds after 90 minutes mark. However, if there are a lot of things happening, it is in fact quite common that there are events as late as 30 or even 40 seconds later. In the semifinal between Sweden and Latvia, the Swedish equalizer happened after 90:39. This is unusually late, but not exceptionally - it happens many times every week, just not normally in such important matches followed by thousands of users.

Also: Whilst we fully understand the disappointment with the result among Latvian fans (and others rooting for Latvia), please remember to keep your head cool and to always treat your fellow Hattrick players with respect, even after a defeat.

Hattrick announces
Sweden World Champions 02/01/2006
Congratulations to Sweden for winning World Cup VII. Runners-up Spain, and several other countries however showed that they have now closed the gap and it will be very difficult for the champions to defend their title once again in two seasons' time.

Today also marks the start of the elections in each league. We must also remind users that it is not allowed to spam people's mailboxes in order to gain votes.

World Cup

Japan & Korea 15 · Argentina 17 · Netherlands 19 · USA 21 · Spain 23 · Brazil 25 · China 27 · Germany 29 · Russia 31 · Portugal 33 · Belgium 35 · Colombia 37 · Greece 39 · Thailand 41 · South Africa 43 · India 45 · Trinidad and Tobago 47 · Israel 49 · Montenegro 51 · Tunisia 53 · Brazil 55 · Andorra 57 · Indonesia 59 · Estonia 61 · France 63 · Guatemala 65 · Oceania 67 · Latvia 69 · Croatia 71 · Benin 73 · Cameroon 75 ·

U-20 World Cup

Germany 16 · Oceania 18 · Romania 20 · Egypt 22 · Chile 24 · Italy 26 · Mexico 28 · Israel 30 · Malaysia 32 · Peru 34 · Finland 36 · Kenya 38 · Canada 40 · Iran 42 · Bosnia Herzegovina 44 · Poland 46 · Panama 48 · Finland 50 · Norway 52 · Italy 54 · Belgium 56 · Romania 58 · Faroe Islands 60 · Ivory Coast 62 · Pakistan 64 · USA 66 · El Salvador 68 · Sweden 70 · Kazakhstan 72 · Bulgaria 74 · Argentina 76 ·